Automotive Application Software Team Lead

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Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Applied Technologies:

McLaren Applied Technologies is a high-performance technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in industries as diverse as health, public transport, automotive and motorsport.


The Role:

In this role, you will interact with a variety of stakeholders ranging from internal business units managing customer projects through to direct customer support for specific components using the Control System Team’s software. This role will focus on the generation and evolution of new platforms with a focus on enabling efficient reuse of code and technologies.


A key responsibility to the role is to ensure that the operational quality is balanced against improvement of product functionality. The team lead will manage interactions with customers and determine what critical actions must be taken to resolve problems and what avenues exist to undertake product improvement activities within the business. You may act as a technical lead on specific projects as required.



  • People management responsibility, including setting clear goals, objectives and expected behaviour, agreeing development plans and regularly reviewing performance.
  • Develops team both technically and in relation to their performance in the team, regularly reviews progress and undertakes performance reviews.
  • Allocates resources and forecasts resource and capability requirements for projects, liaising with key stakeholders.
  • Inputs to planning and resource forecasting. Sets and organises the priorities and direction for the team.  Distributes work in line with project/ business requirements.
  • Plans, schedules and inputs to delivery of multiple concurrent projects (may work alongside Project Manager) in line with business imperatives.
  • Manages team to work in a safe and effective manner.  Ensures solutions/ systems meet functional/sector safety standards, are completed to quality standards, timescales and budget. Continuously improves processes, standards and tools for the benefit of the business and its clients.
  • Provides input into proposals, manages and communicates stakeholder requirements, resolves issues and makes decisions in line with business plans; ensures own understanding and that of the team.
  • Provides clear technical input internally and may work directly with clients/ prospects, independently and/or alongside the Business Development team.
  • Provides guidance on different approaches to development and delivery of solutions/systems that could yield better results, actively mentors staff to increase quality.



  • First class degree or upper 2nd in relevant discipline, or equivalent experience, plus appropriate professional qualification.  


Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to manage workload across a diverse multi-disciplinary team.
  • Leads the team in the delivery of tasks and is an effective team member. Mentors team members.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and excellent technical knowledge.
  • Prioritises, plans and coordinates activities across skills sets to maximise resource utilisation.
  • Thorough understanding of the design process from concept and requirements capture through design, implementation and test, ideally within a ISO26262 / IEC61508 project environment
  • Model based software development in MATLAB-Simulink, ASCET or equivalent




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